The Late Movies: Batman Window Cameos

With Christian Bale's opening in Terminator Salvation just a few days away, I was reminded he recently signed on for Batman 3. These clips of celebrities at the window from the old Batman TV series will help get us in the mood.

Jerry Lewis was the first guest star to pay Batman and Robin a quick visit.

Sammy Davis Jr. was holding dance rehearsal when the crime fighters scaled his wall.

I guess no one told Batman that Edward G. Robinson used to be a pretty big villain himself.

Dick Clark looks the same then as he did for thirty more years.

It was a crime fighter showdown when Batman and Robin met the Green Hornet and Kato.

HOGAN!!! Colonel Klink ditched Schultz when he came to Gotham City

You're chasing after the Penguin, and all of a sudden, you hear harpsichord music...who could it be?

And from what must've been the Christmas Show, the dynamic duo wish Santa a Merry Christmas.

[Thanks to loomyaire's YouTube Channel for all the great clips.]

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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